Decide Hiram E. Puig-Lugo Elected as 77th President to the Nationwide Council of Juvenile and Household Court docket Judges

The Nationwide Council of Juvenile and Household Court docket Judges (NCJFCJ) has sworn in Hiram E. Puig-Lugo, affiliate choose, Superior Court docket of the District of Columbia, to president of the NCJFCJ Board of Administrators.

“Decide Puig-Lugo’s dedication to variety, fairness and inclusion and his unsurpassed management expertise will proceed to carry impactful change to courts and communities,” mentioned Joey Orduña Hastings, NCJFCJ CEO. “Along with his long-standing dedication to serving youngsters and households, he has superior the landmark DEI initiative to make sure the court docket system and authorized career are a mirrored image and illustration of the communities we serve.”

Decide Puig-Lugo joined the Superior Court docket of the District of Columbia in 1999. He has dealt with felony felony, juvenile delinquency, felony misdemeanor, civil, baby abuse and neglect, home relations, standing offenses, and home violence circumstances.

Decide Puig-Lugo convened and chaired the Industrial Sexual Exploitation of Kids (CSEC) Working Group throughout the court docket, which introduced collectively public sector and group group representatives to coordinate assist for kids who’ve endured business sexual exploitation. He has chaired the Neglect Subcommittee, the place he convened a working group to handle the wants of LGBTQ youth within the neglect and juvenile delinquency methods.

Decide Puig-Lugo has been an teacher for authorized schooling tasks all through Central America, South America, Spain, and the Federated States of Micronesia. He has introduced on quite a few matters together with rule of legislation, proof legislation, trial advocacy expertise, human trafficking, judicial independence, baby welfare, and various dispute decision. He has taught on the American College Washington Faculty of Regulation, the College of the District of Columbia College of Regulation, The George Washington College Regulation College, the College of Puerto Rico Regulation College, and The Nationwide Judicial Faculty Pacific Islands Regulation Institute. He serves as an adjunct college member for the Georgetown College Regulation Heart’s LL.M. (Latin Legum Magister or Grasp of Legal guidelines) Program.

Decide Puig-Lugo obtained the 2021 Fairness Achievement Award from the Nationwide Consortium on Racial and Ethnic Equity within the Courts (NCREFC), the Judicial Management Award from the Hispanic Nationwide Bar Basis (HNBF) in 2014, and the Honorable Ricardo M. Urbina Lifetime Achievement Award from the Hispanic Bar Affiliation of the District of Columbia (HBA-DC) in 2011. Decide Puig-Lugo is a graduate of the College of Wisconsin Regulation College, the place he was the primary Latino member of the Wisconsin Regulation Evaluation. He’s from San Germán, Puerto Rico, and is equally fluent in English and in Spanish.

Based in 1937, the NCJFCJ is the nation’s oldest judicial membership group and centered on enhancing the effectiveness of our nation’s juvenile and household courts. A frontrunner in persevering with schooling alternatives, analysis, and coverage growth within the area of juvenile and household justice, the NCJFCJ serves an estimated 30,000 juvenile and household court docket professionals and is exclusive in offering practice-based sources to jurisdictions and communities nationwide.

Chrisie Yabu

Supply: Nationwide Council of Juvenile and Household Court docket Judges